by Countable | 11.14.17
The Justice Department announced that prosecutors are evaluating whether a special counsel should be appointed to investigate alleged ties between the Clinton Foundation and the sale of Uranium One.
As the New York Times explained, "the prosecutors would examine allegations that donations to the Clinton Foundation were tied to a 2010 decision by the Obama administration to allow a Russian nuclear agency to buy Uranium One, a company that owned access to uranium in the United States."
The deal was approved by several agencies, including the State Department, which at the time was led by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The Justice Department has been under pressure from President Donald Trump to investigate "crooked Hillary" and the Uranium Ore deal. In a series of tweets on November 3, the President wrote:
Everybody is asking why the Justice Department (and FBI) isn't looking into all of the dishonesty going on with Crooked Hillary & the Dems..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2017
....People are angry. At some point the Justice Department, and the FBI, must do what is right and proper. The American public deserves it!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2017
During Watergate, President Richard Nixon used the Justice Department to investigate his political enemies; since then, as the New York Times explained, the DOJ "has largely operated independently of political influence on cases related to the president’s opponents."
There’s also the question of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who in March recused himself "from any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way" to the 2016 presidential campaigns of Clinton and Trump.
In the letter sent to the House Judiciary Committee announcing the potential investigation, the assistant AG, Stephen Boyd, wrote:
"The attorney general has directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues raised in your letters … These senior prosecutors will report directly to the attorney general and the deputy attorney general, as appropriate, and will make recommendations as to whether any matters not currently under investigation should be opened … or merit the appointment of a special counsel."
But during Sessions’ testimony with the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, the AG pushed back on the need for a special counsel. The former Alabama senator told Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) that it would take a "a factual basis that meets the standard of a special counsel" for the DOJ to make such an appointment.
"We will use the proper standards and that’s the only thing I can tell you, Mr. Jordan," Sessions said. "You can have your idea but sometimes we have to study what the facts are and to evaluate whether it meets the standards it requires."
Sessions later added:
"I would say the Department of Justice can never be used to retaliate politically against opponents, and that would be wrong."
Still, some conservatives are excited by the possibility of an investigation into alleged misdeeds by Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.
"We cannot live in a world where just because Hillary Clinton lost an election she gets a de facto immunity deal," Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz told Fox Business Network on Tuesday. “We got exciting news last night that the Attorney General is open to appointing a special counsel to investigate."
Should a special counsel be formed to investigate allegations regarding the Clinton Foundation and the Uranium One deal? Or is it a case of the DOJ going after a president’s political opponents? Hit Take Action, tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.
— Josh Herman
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I have no particular faith in the Clintons’ scruples, but it is an essential fixture of democracy that the winner of an election does not persecute the loser... especially if the loser is alleged to be involved in petty larceny while the winner is treasonous. Please deal with the real criminal(s) in the administration.
This is just another “look over there” from the Republicans. They are just trying to get focus off the many atrocities of this administration like the upcoming tax reform bill.
Reality Check: Let’s focus on the current level of corruption and lack of any internal humanitarian focused legislation! Clinton lost, Obama is no longer is office, but the levels of corrupt government practices are increasing! Shall we discuss the latest round of “appointments” to start?
Utter disgust that our Congress would, yet again, undertake & waste taxpayer monies on what has all the appearances of a attack by a winning candidate on his opponent. What have we become under this administration - a third world banana republic? Sick of these partisan games. We all know this is nothing more than an attempt at a distraction from the true story - this administration's connections & workings with the Russian government to interfere in our elections. Every day we see fresh evidence of the depth of this administration's workings with the Russians. Do your work and get this unfit man out of office, quit playing games. Fed up.
Stop wasting our tax dollars harassing The Clinton foundation.
Trump is just trying to deflect the focus from the Russia investigation and to discredit Mueller so he can be fired. Also, Trump has no place calling Hillary Clinton crooked...he needs to take a good long look in the mirror.
Is it possible to waste more taxpayer money on the Clintons? Seriously?! They have been investigated for 20years! Nothing to see folks! Why not spent OUR hard earned money ( by real jobs) on HEALTHCARE FOR ALL! Or real tax reform, where the richest 2% cringe as much as the rest of us April 15! Stop being MORONS!
It’s about time no 2 tier justice system. Let’s investigate.
A special counsel should investigate the alleged ties between the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One. I am tired of seeing politicians that we elect stand by and do nothing while laws of this country are being broken by people with status and money. Any lesser person would already have been punished.
The only way our republic gets better is if our leaders deal with corruption. The current administration is being investigated for its alleged wrong doing prior to holding office. This is appropriate given the accusations and level of credibility. The former administration turned a blind eye to the potentially illegal deals of their subordinates. That was wrong. If allegations are credible then they should be investigated regardless of which party is in power. If our public servants have done nothing wrong, the investigation will clear them. If they broke the law or had “moral lapses” we the people should know about it, and hopefully our next batch of leaders will be better behaved.
Someone broke the law, but they aren’t in office so it doesn’t matter... that has to be the weakest argument I have seen on here yet. Hillary Clinton belongs in jail, unless you Democrat air heads want a two tier judicial system an independent council needs to be set up. Dems set one up for Trump on lies, we have cold hard facts slapping us in the face and some of us are still focused on Trump-Russia. Which wow... still no evidence of collusion. Even after Papadopoulos went down, Mueller couldn’t get him to flip. Cause there’s nothing to get him to flip on. You people who want a Trump investigation but not a Hillary investigation are a huge problem in this country
Haven’t you persecuted the Clinton’s enough. Over 25 years of investigations and nothing to write home about. How about concentrating on the corruption that is occurring right now. And please stop Trump, because this has his name all over it, not the DOJ! He’s a sore “winner” of the electoral college! This is something out of Putin’s manual as well! As a constituent, you will not get my vote if you agree to another investigation.
This is nonsense, go after Trump and his swamp monsters. And do not let this tax reform nor the mandate on Obamacare go through. In fact, don’t let anything go through until they are out
Leave the Clintons alone! It is time to focus on this totally screwed up administration and do the right thing for America. Impeach Trump NOW!
Please do not allow this banana republic crap to go on. Donald is trying to stroke his base AGAIN to distract from his failure as a leader and as a human. Do whatever is in your power to stop this.
This stuff about the Clinton foundation has been debunked over & over again! STOP wasting OUR time and money on your stupid vendetta! SOREST "winner" ever. It's obvious the REAL problems are with this illegitimate administration with an AG that has perjured himself more than once
There is rampant hypocrisy in the enforcement of law in regard to the elite in this country. It sickens me how democrats turn a blind eye when it's one of their own. They do not care about the law, only their twisted agenda.
Stop wasting time on Clinton.
This is one more distraction from Russia and this lying administration. DOJ is smoke and mirrors.
Can we please focus on real and current issues? The country and world are slowly becoming a mess and we’re still talking about the Clintons in political talks. Grow up and move the hell on.